Pardew Lauds The New Heated Training Pitch At Benton

The lads were out training yesterday in cold weather, but at least they were able to go outside and train this season, which they couldn’t do during the freezing cold of last December and January.

Alan Pardew – underground heating a good investment by the club

That was not the case when Alan Pardew first arrived as last December the training grounds at Benton were both frozen and the lads couldn’t play on it, and had to train indoors.

During yesterday’s press conference Alan was asked about the new under-ground heating at Benton:

“It can be very important because when I first arrived I think I had about the training sessions in something like three or four weeks here,  because we didn’t have that to play on.”

“And indoors is difficult and the players don’t like it.”  “No, we’re very pleased with that – it was a good investment by us and hopefully it will bear fruit as we go through January and February.”

When Alan came out in early February, and said the Andy Carroll cash would be fully invested back into the club, we haven’ seen much of that but at least a small amount was invested into the under-ground heating,  and that should  pay big dividends in the seasons ahead.

There are only four or five clubs in England, who have underground heating at their training grounds and Newcastle are now one of those elite few clubs.

It will help Newcastle have a competitive  advantage when the cold comes in over the winter months, and our lads will be able to put in full training sessions outside, as they did yesterday.

It’s good that Newcastle are improving the facilities, and the top-class  infrastructure being built at the club will also help to attract top-class  players to Newcastle.

The players were well wrapped up on Thursday, with woollen hats on to keep warm,  and it was good to see Colo, Williamson and Tiote out there training with the rest of the lads.

It was interesting that Alan Pardew said that it was difficult to know if they would be ready for Saturday,  until he saw how they came through the training sessions yesterday and today.

It seems that all of them have recovered physically from their injuries,  and Alan said it was a  matter of seeing if they are now ready to start for the first team.

We have to hope that at least two of them can start on Saturday afternoon against Swansea.

15 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Only 4 or 5 clubs have under soil heating? Thought it would be the norm at all of them since there’s no Xmas break in England.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #2

    it is good, pity that it took a massive chunk out of our transfer funds

  • Satan

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #3

    £35m by the looks of it….very costly heating system eh? Nothing left of the AC money so Llambias reckoned.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Satan, no he didn’t. he said some of it would be kept back in case of emergencies (injuries) in January.

  • Klatoon

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #5

    The rest would be used to buy helicopter fuel in readiness for January sales 🙂

  • Satan

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Geordiegerman, no he said the Carroll transfer money was virtually all spent through agents fees, signing on fees and improvements to the training facilities….this was said in early close season….check your facts before you open your gob

  • valle

    Dec 16, 2011 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #7

    So we got undersoil heating on our training fields eh? Well lets see how we can be misrable grudgy gits and make this about our owner not being good enough for us shall we? By the looks of it, we are already on the right track…

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    I heard it cost 18M+

  • lee1892

    Dec 16, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    @ 1

    It’s the norm for all prem teams to have underground heating under their pitch, but no under their training pitch.


    Incorrect it cost 500k

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Lee1892; I think their taking the P*ss.

    It actually cost £80K.

  • Offkey

    Dec 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #11

    Satan and GG – This is taken from DL

    “We have paid good prices for them. They certainly weren’t free transfers, there are fees and wages to consider. “It is our responsibility to make sure we look after the club responsibly. “If we spent all the money on players this summer, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN JANUARY IF WE NEED TO BRING SOMEBODY ELSE IN? We are using the money sensibly.”

    None of us no the real facts so there is no need to be rude, Satan, especially as he said this.

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Unfortunately a great number of fans are like kids in a sweet shop and think that because we got £35m for Carroll it should all have been spent immediately on new players, no matter who they are. In fact I suspect a lot of fans would be somehow a lot happier if we had spent £15m on Cabaye, £18m on Ben Arfa £10m for Tiote etc.

  • ballerfan2

    Dec 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    ….. K Dalglish wasted £35m of his club’s money. Where would we be now if Pardew had done that?

  • valle

    Dec 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #14

    ballerfan2… Exactly mate, but i suspect that they would rather have something to whine about… I think allot of NUFC fans are romantics and actually enjoy the hurt, so they look for it whereever they can and ofcourse, they need a villian as well, step forward Mike Ashley.

  • Satan

    Dec 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #15


    Kiss my hairy nut sack! I’m sick to the tits of apathetic apologists like you trying to strike a middle ground when anyone takes a firm opinion or stance….the club is being run by a couple of lying, deceitful spivs. Your copy and paste quote from DL’s manipulated Chronicle diatribe is pre-dated by quotes he made in the summer which I refer to and which were reiterated by Pardew! I can waste my time trawling through archives and do a little copy and paste myself but quite frankly I can’t be arsed….rude??? I’m just warming up fella


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